How to fix Christmas lights
Have you ever turned your Xmas lights on and realised there's a break, even though last year they looked perfect? This happens because when you keep your lights on for a sustained period and then switch them off, the likelihood of burn-out increases as you unplug them. Here are 4 handy tips to make sure your lights are up and running, without having to buy new ones:
- Find the dead bulb
If it just a single bulb that could be the issue, its best to buy yourself a repair toolkit. These can be bought from many electrical retailers. You'll need a continuity detector, a shunt repairer and a light bulb removal tool.
- Replace the bulb:
Using your thumb and index finger, apply a bit of pressure to the base of the broken light. There should be two copper wires on the base of the bulb. Push them down and pull at the bulb casing. This should separate the copper wire from the base of the bulb. Then proceed to replace the bulb with a new one.
- Check the fuse:
If the entire string goes out, there is a possibility that the fuse has blown. This usually occurs when too many string lights are connected together. A fuse can also blow when the voltage of the socket is too high (for example, if you plug a foreign plug type into your UK socket)
- Check the bulb socket:
If the bulb still isn't lighting up, a bulb socket might be damaged. Removing the bulb socket shouldn't cause problems, but you'll notice that the existing bulbs may be brighter than before. This may cause them to burn out sooner, but as long as you only remove one or two, they should be fine to use. Using wire cutters, cut the wire at each side of the broken socket. Strip the remaining wire ends a half an inch or so and twist them both together. Shop for a twist connector (can be bought in any DIY or electrical store) to hold the wires in place.
Why do we hang Christmas lights?
We display Christmas lights in our homes to create a visual spectacle that is more eye-catching than traditional tree decorating. In Germany in the 17th century, the tradition of placing small candles in the tree caught on, and after a few years spread like wild fire all over Europe.
Handy tips for dazzling Christmas lights
Christmas is a time for spectacular light shows, and Christmas lights are a wonderful tradition to look forward to on those dark winter evenings. But before you decide to decorate your home, there are a few things you should consider before splurging on boxes of lighting. Find these useful tips on how to keep your lighting looking fabulous and free from unnecessary complications:
- Tip 1:
Be sure to buy lights made for outdoor and for indoor use. Indoor lights aren’t sufficiently insulated or waterproof, whereas as outdoor lighting (particularly incandescent bulbs) reach high temperatures and pose a fire risk
- Tip 2:
For some, Christmas lights can be an eyesore. Tell your neighbours in advance what you’re planning, and what time you’ll be switching the lights off each night. This will avoid unnecessary complaints and keep you on good terms with your neighbours
- Tip 3:
Use outdoor power points rather than trailing the electric cable indoors through your windows. Not only does it look shabby, it can also cause havoc if someone trips over a loose wire
- Tip 4:
Check your bulbs before installing, and replace faulty ones accordingly (see fixing lights section). Not only will it make your décor look tatty and old, broken or worn out lightbulbs drain your power like no other. Don’t add needless costs to your energy bill!
- Tip 5:
Do your research on the quality of lighting before using a particular brand. Here’s a bright idea – check out the fine selection of Christmas lights we have on Lesara!
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